The Metal Voice spoke with Triumph’s Rik Emmett about the upcoming documentary about Triumph & his contribution to the band.
Here’s what he said:
“Banger [Films], they’re very good at what they do. And they’ve done so many [documentaries on other bands] — everybody from Iron Maiden, Merallica and Rush to… They’ve got one that’s on Netflix right now; it’s a ZZ Top one. These guys are consummate pros, and they know what they’re doing when they’re telling a story. When somebody’s digging around in your life…
They come to my house and they do an interview, and then they come back a few months later and do another one, and then they come back another couple of weeks later and do another one, because they’re going deep. And you’re going, ‘What are they gonna find? I’m a little bit concerned.
There’s a surreal nature to it — you’re going back in your life, and they’re reminding you of things that you’d completely forgotten,
And you’re going, ‘Oh, yeah.’ And then they’re digging deeper, and they’re going, ‘So, when the band broke up…’ And you’re going, ‘Okay, this hurts, actually.’ I don’t wanna have to go back to that, because the rise and the fall and the rise again, it’s the fall that hurts. I don’t wanna go there. I thought I’d put all this behind me. It was ugly, heavy baggage.”
When asked about him leaving Triumph, he said:
“The reason why I left the band (Triumph) was because I couldn’t do things I wanted to do in the Triumph situation. There was also pressure from managers, agents and even the record company at the time saying, you don’t want to get too far away from the hard rock sound. I think it’s true the band reflected the personalities and the characters of the three of us and it’s kind of like sometimes the things that make a band good and unique are also the kind of things that creates tension and stress inside the band. That eventually maybe are the things that are going to break the band up. John Lennon and Paul McCartney would be the supreme example.”